Sunday Bloody Sunday.

NB: if detailed discussions of menstruation bother you, you may want to skip this post. ...more

Your Period Is Not a Dirty or Toxic Thing

The perception of menstruation throughout medical history illustrates how cultural constructs can and often do cause science to pursue and support hypotheses that enforce inaccurate predetermined notions. More important, however, is that in sifting through the historical baggage of menstruation, we are forced to question how we see and what we feel about our bodies. How much of these views are based on personal experience and how much are culturally imposed? ...more
Gosh, what backward and woman-hating ideas. If women ran the world, periods would be holidays ...more

What are the Real Questions About Puberty, Periods and Products Teens Have

No doubt that many moms & dads, along with their daughters, have or had questions about puberty, periods and the menstrual protection products that would be best for them to use.   One thing that I have learned over the years is that the questions that teens have can be different from the concerns or issues that their parents think they have.  Sometimes when parents talk to their daughters and think they have addressed their questions, they haven't.  Sorry about that reality, since many of us do our best to impart info to our kids to help make their lives easier.&nbs...more
@elaineR.N. They do! I feel so filled in my heart to know that my two daughters, and my son, ...more

you might want to skip this post

  ..because it's a tad full of things that are borderline too-much-information. Most especially for a man-folk person.Just saying. *********** For the One Year Anniversary of the Placenta Incident, I thought I'd go in for a CT Scan (woot! woo!), check my innards all over and make sure I'm really, truly healed up. Nothing says 'celebration', after all, like an IV, Barium Sulfate Suspension Smoothie and full-body scan!...more

MY LAST PERIOD – OR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN (in a good way)!

I believe that last period stories, or almost last period stories, have got to be as interesting as first period stories.  Mine is far better and I have to believe that others have some doozies too.  I can say with certainty that the last period story is a lot more recent than the first period story.  At the very least, I  (and many others) will remember the emotion and embarrassment more vividly.  ...more
 @cdrdash i like your play on words there Cathy.  ;)  haha!more

Children's Sex Education Book Too Graphic?!

A Washington state mother has filed a complaint against her local school district for exposing her 10 year-old daughter to a children's sex education book, which she believes is "completely too graphic." What's the Big Secret: Talking about Sex With Girls and Boys (2000; first ed. 1997) by Laurie Krasny Brown, Ed.D., and Marc Brown is actually recommended for children ages 3-8 by Debra W. Haffner in From Diapers to Dating: A Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children (2008; first ed. 1999, 2000, 2004). Haffner served for twelve years as president of SIECUS -- the country's largest clearinghouse of sexuality education -- and has been a human sexuality educator for more than twenty-five years. Incidentally, I read the book in contention to my toddler daughter on a regular basis....more

I am always astonished by how some people want to shield their children from completely natural ...more

Dot Girl's First Period Kit

I have two little girls and I am dreading (I should say, embracing) the moment when they reach that time in their lives when they leave the innocence of childhood to enter the ever changing  (I’m talking hormones) woes of womanhood....more

Stress and Periods: Life Happens and So Does Its Impact

Our body is this complex hormone driven system of cause, release and resulting action.   I was going to say something like:  “said more simply”.     However, there is nothing simple about the menstrual cycle and how it happens with regularity every month.  In fact (and I swear this is true), every time I read about hormone secretions that happen over the month to regulate the various aspects of normal body functioning, I am totally amazed that anyone has a “normal” 28-day cycle.  ...more

Full Moon Rising

Full moon is rising.  Soft and dark and whispery, the night descends, and the vast, vast crater in my consciousness begins to widen even further.  I’m lying alone on my bed, staring at the ceiling.  I love this room.  It is nothing extraordinary.  Just a room.  Compared to the rest of the house, it’s quite non-descript, lacking in the color and comedic quality our home has come to possess in every other room.  This room is…brown.  Chocolate brown.  Shiny wood and muted rock.  Nonetheless, it’s brown.  Sometimes I imagine I’m climbing in...more

NO PERIODS FOR U.S. PRESIDENTS!

Another way of saying this is that men don’t menstruate.   While in the car yesterday driving home, I told my somewhat conservative husband that I was going to post a blog that starts out by saying that presidents don’t have periods and he got me to thinking further, that maybe they never will.  One day when a woman is finally elected President of the United States, she will probably be more mature and most likely would have gone through menopause.  Then, this loving husband turned the tide and called me a sexist/ageist (in fun) and said that maybe a younger woman would ...more